Searching for a Way to Broaden Internet Access for Indigenous Brazilians
By Dialogo January 22, 2009Digital inclusion programs in Brazil are looking for ways to provide total Internet access to the 180 ethnic groups that live within the national territory, in spite of the fact that 20% of Brazilian tribes are already connected, participants of the Campus Party Brasil 2009 stated today. Today programmer Anapuaka Muniz Pataxo, one of eight aboriginals from villages in the states of Paraíba and Bahía who participated in the second Brazilian session of computer specialists and cybernauts camp, today promoted the digital inclusion of the native towns of Brazil. “Our clothing may be different, but our interest in technology is not. We want to acquire the knowledge to extend the Internet into the villages,” said Muniz Pataxo, the only indigenous participant in the first Brazilian session of the event created in Spain in 1997. The native leader lives in Río de Janeiro, but carries out digital inclusion programs with the northern and northeast tribes of Brazil. “The Internet is not just a social entertainment network. It is also a network of knowledge. We want to take advantage of the positive things that the Internet can offer us. Digital ‘smoke signals’ need to be part of the natives’ everyday life,” he said. For Muniz Pataxo, the Internet is a useful instrument in the propagation of indigenous culture. The Campus Party, which arrived in Latin America last year with its Brazilian and Colombian sessions, will gather around 6,000 participants between last Monday and next Sunday in the “Imigrantes” Exhibitions Center in Sao Paulo.